Montesano hoops coach Schupbach resigns

MONTESANO — Doug Schupbach, who spent two different stints as Montesano High School’s boys basketball coach, resigned that position Sunday.

The 53-year-old Schupbach announced his resignation at the team’s awards dinner. He will continue as Montesano’s girls track coach and as an eighth-ninth grade science and robotics teacher .

Schupbach said the decision was based on a “little combination of a lot of things, most of it being personal.”

He indicated that time constraints were the biggest factor. In addition to his high school and summer coaching duties, Schupbach helped organize the youth basketball program at Montesano.

“For me, the biggest things was the time commitment I had to put in it,” he said. “Open gym, coaching summer basketball, youth basketball. You add it up and (the commitment) is enormous.

“I love coaching, no doubt about it,” Schupbach added. “I love working with the kids, the interaction with them, coaching in the games. It’s just that I can’t dedicate the amount of time needed for it… (The job) has come a long way from when I started coaching. It’s come to the point where coaching is a full-time job, particularly in basketball.”

While stressing that the decision to step down was his own, Schupbach hinted that differences with school administrators on the direction of the program were among the factors.

Montesano athletic director Tim Trimble said that Schupbach, like all coaches in the district, underwent a postseason evaluation.

“There were things we needed to improve on and those suggestions were given,” Trimble said. “We were asking more of the program.”

A graduate of Stevenson High School, Schupbach has taught at Montesano for 19 years.

His first four-year stint as varsity basketball coach was marked by drastic changes in fortune. The Bulldogs endured a 37-game losing streak that ended in 2001, then came within one game of a state berth the following year.

Resigning in 2003, Schupbach returned to the bench in 2009 to succeed his successor, Chad Allan.

His last four teams all qualified for district competition. Those teams compiled a combined 46-42 record.

Schupbach said the association with the players was the highlight of his career.

“I love the kids here,” he said. “I enjoyed coaching them. I thought they put forth a tremendous effort.”